Category Archives: Northern Arizona

Preparing

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Apache County, Northern Arizona
 


pilgrims preparing
for a wilderness journey
singing with the stone

 
Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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New Snow

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Apache County, Arizona

 
You can’t step into the same river—or wilderness—twice. Something is always shifting. Something added today will be subtracted tomorrow.
 
Winds fray the grasses. Blowing sand burnishes the stone. A hungry hawk hovers overhead and the mouse runs for cover, leaving tiny tracks.
 
A midnight snowfall dusts tumbleweeds and junipers, cacti and spent wildflowers. I walk through a sparkling wonderland that yesterday was brown and barren.
 
In the desert, snow doesn’t last long: wonderland today, mud tomorrow, dust the day after that. Yet in all seasons, I love wild places.
 
Romancing a place, just as romancing a person, takes dedication. You set yourself to the task for better or worse; for richer or poorer; in sun or in snow, praying that indifference never tames the wild longings of your heart.

 

all the little stones
are singing in the washes
snowflakes kiss the notes

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Carpe Diem: “Garry Gay’s ‘New Snow’”

Dreading

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Wild asters, Northern Arizona
 

In a fairy tale
I could have been an aster,
dreading the first frost.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More September Heights 2013: “Dread”

Chrysanthemums

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IOOF Cemetery, Prescott, Arizona
 

Sweet remembering—
golden chrysanthemums say,
Forever, my love.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Chrysanthemums”
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Keeper

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One of thousands of tributes left for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished June 30th in the Yarnell Hill Fire, at a memorial fence in Prescott, Arizona
 
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Psalm 56:8, King James Version
 


Tell the wanderers
that their tears are safe with Me,
the Keeper of Love.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday 2
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Friday’s Fences #99
 
More Monday Mellow Yellows
 
More I Heart Macro at Shine the Divine
 
More Mornings with Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Quenched

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One of thousands of tributes left for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished June 30th in the Yarnell Hill Fire, at a memorial fence in Prescott, Arizona
 


his passion
for putting out fires
quenched at last

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Friday’s Fences
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Carpe Diem: “Enthusiasm”

Memorial

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One of thousands of tributes left for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished June 30th in the Yarnell Hill Fire, at a memorial wall in Prescott, Arizona
 


Memorial wall—
here pilgrims come to reflect
on life’s brevity.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Ruby Tuesday Too
 
More Carpe Diem: “Reflection”

Ending

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Soldier’s grave, St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, St. Johns, Arizona
 


sometimes paradise
means going to the ending
again and again

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Blue Monday
 
More Postcards from Paradise at Recuerda Mi Corazon

On a Roll

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Hubbell Trading Post, Ganado, Arizona
 


undulating miles
prairie schooners on a roll
to a better land

 

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Straight Out of the Camera Sunday
 
More Carpe Diem: “The Wheel of Fortune”

Needle

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Pine tree litter, Apache County, Arizona
 


beneath the pine tree
needle stitching together
loose ends of silence

 

Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Macro Monday
 
More Shadow Shot Sunday 2
 
More Carpe Diem: “Onitsura’s ‘Voice of the Pine Tree’”

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